At this year’s Knavecon, sho3box ran a game of Dinoproof. He provided a table full of jungle terrain and crates of dinosaurs, and participants had to make a Warhammer 40,000 big game hunter. This was the excuse I needed to model someone wearing a pith helmet, much like the classic Mœbius character Major Grubert.
Un explorateur colonial un peu ridicule.
Just for this occasion I’d stashed away a Praetorian gunner torso. His hands, unhitched from a heavy weapon, look like they’re clutching binoculars – a conversion idea seen on countless 1990s tank commanders. The bottom half of the figure is a Dark Ages archer, as he was wearing a pair of shorts that would reinforce his British pomposity. (I challenge you to name a 40K human wearing shorts.)
“I, of course, do not have a British accent. That’s just how things sound when they’re properly pronounced.”
I sculpted the bottom of his tunic, then added a pouch and some frag grenades to distract from the Dark Age archer’s slightly narrower waist. The Plasma Gun is from a Forge World Elysian, which tucked under his arm nicely enough to not have to be carried by an attendant or modelled strapped across his back.
Initially I painted his clothes entirely in Death World Forest, as he’s trying to camouflage himself in a … death world forest. But the epaulettes bothered me – ceremonial affectations seem at odds with jungle stealth. Then I realised the initial vision of tropical fatigues was further undermined by the dress tunic. I threw in some more colours and re-imagined the uniform as regimental rather than camouflage.
“An air of superiority is the ultimate expression of military power.”
Major Henry Fortisque-Smyth fared badly in the tropical jungles, being eaten by a series of sho3box’s childhood plastic dinosaurs.
May 2020 – Ultramarines Armour Tutorial
Ultragreeting, patrons. Thanks to all of you for your support for the painting tutorials this May. Welcome to new and returning patrons David, John, Chris, Keith, Roman, Nathan, Tory, Patrick, Yoni and Ed!